Puedo Retornar al Crepusculo y la Noche by Francisco Rodon

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Many art collector tend to think that a Serigraph is a simple process where an artist can produce lots of work in a short time, but it isn’t. A well made serigraph can take up to 6 month to be produce, it will depend in the key factor of Colors… Every color must dry first before applying the second which any color will take an average of 48 to 72 to dry up. Making this Work a tedious one. We as collector think that a painting is more rare than a serigraph but in some cases we are wrong.

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Francisco Rodon in 2009 made a Serigraph called  “Puedo Retornar Al Crepusculo y la Noche”  with a measurement of 49 by 35 which was as technical and complex as any painting created by him, the work of art include 115 integrated colors which to my knowledge is the most complicated serigraph made by any Puerto Rican Artists. The Quality of the work is Superb, the eye for detail is impecable and Selection of color is nearly perfect, layer after layer of colors is the main landmark of this paper serigraph.

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This has a special thing to its advantage, a perfect selected arrays of color and size which Rodon is notorious for delivering.  The Color arrangement it is the main weapon, no other serigraph in Puerto Rico has this Potential to take light color and dark color and mix them up in such Homogeneous way , till this day I haven’t seen a Person that has a negative critic of this piece instead every person that visits my house is shocking when they encounter such a big but subtle work of art, even a simple photo like this can deliver the visual punch capable of reach. Continue reading Puedo Retornar al Crepusculo y la Noche by Francisco Rodon

ART TERMINOLOGY

 

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Originals and Reproductions

The value of a work of art depends on many things — among other factors, the fame and reputation of the artist, the size of the piece, whether it carries the artist’s signature, whether it is an original, a limited-edition reproduction, or simply a decorative print.

Several years ago a financial magazine ranked the investments that had gained the most in value over the previous fifteen to thirty years, and found that original works of contemporary art were among the top three. All else equal, the more rare and “the closer to the artist’s hand,” the more valuable the work of art — an original work is more valuable than a signed, limited-edition print, a signed print from a smaller edition is more valuable than one from a larger edition, and so on.

For those unfamiliar with the many ways art can be offered, the terminology can be confusing, so we wrote the following brief guide:

Original The original work, the master piece. Whether it is an oil, an acrylic, a watercolor, a charcoal, or an etching, it is the original, unique, directly created by the artist.

Giclée A modern printmaking process in which individual prints are produced on a special large-format printer in extremely high resolution, to give as exact as possible a reproduction of the precise colors and strokes of the original work. The giclée process offers the highest-quality reproduction available. Giclées may be printed on paper or on canvas. They are rarely produced in editions larger than a few hundred — each one printed individually.

Lithograph A print made by the process of lithography, which was created in Europe over 200 years ago. A “mirror image” of the print is carefully created on a smooth limestone surface, which is then directly inked and transferred to high-quality paper under light pressure. For a color lithograph, this process is repeated for each of the four colors (red, yellow, blue, and black) that are overlaid to produce the varied spectrum of the final print.

Serigraph A silk-screen printing process in which a stencil is used to mask areas of a fine mesh (at one time, silk; more recently, artificial fabrics); ink is then forced through the unmasked areas of mesh onto paper to make the final image. Each color used in the final image requires the silk-screener to make a separate screen, masked so as to allow only that particular color to print.

Poster print A poster created by an offset printing process (similar to book or magazine printing) on paper; sometimes called an offset lithograph. The quality of the print and of the paper vary; fine-art limited-edition prints on high-quality paper have been created using this process, and so have inexpensive decorative prints made in large quantities on lower-quality paper.
Signed, limited edition

A small number of identical prints produced under the artist’s supervision; each print is numbered and hand-signed by the artist.
Enhanced
A print that the artist has individually enhanced by hand, adding detail and depth, and creating individual variation, making each print unique.

-AP An artist’s proof, an image made for the artist by the printer. APs are usually produced in smaller numbers than the general edition, are marked as APs, and may be signed and numbered as well. Because the number of APs is smaller and because the APs are “closer to the artist’s hand,” signed APs tend to be more valuable than the prints of a signed and numbered limited edition.

-EA An épreuve d’artist or artist’s proof.

-HC An hors de commerce (“not for trade”) proof, created in small numbers — as few as five or ten — to be shown to gallery owners or art dealers.

-PP A printer’s proof, created in small numbers and given to the printer by the artist in appreciation. These are typically signed by the artist.

-CP Cancellation proof. When a limited edition of a lithograph or other press-process print has been completed, the stone or plate from which the prints have been made is defaced (“cancelled”) so that no more prints can be made. A single print, the cancellation proof, is then made to show graphically that the edition of prints has indeed been limited in the most definitive way, by destroying the “negative” from which the prints were made.

 

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The UltIMATE COMMODITY… $35,000,000 FOR A PAINTING ???

Did you wonder if the 35 million dollar in the title is a “typo”? The answer is No… You may ask yourself why is art so expensive, after all it has no practical use what so ever is just a worthless piece of canvas covered in inexpensive pigments and brush stroke which can become this priceless object. But why? What is the link between art and money that make it so ridiculous expensive. Can it be consider a smart investment, Gold which was supposedly the ultimate commodity in the last 3 year has decrease value in an average of 30% to the ounce so you may think if the  Multi Rich have lost its love for the yellow shine of gold?

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Pablo Picasso “Dora Maar”
39 X 31 Painted 1942

 

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The Rockefeller family in 1961 paid for a Mark Rothko painting  an amount of $10,000 dollars for a painting called “White Center” and  45 years later it was sold at auction for 71,000,000 dollars which make a 35 million dollar paintings a bargain compare to this. So If you ask me if art is a smart investment I would have to answer yes, taking into consideration that the dollar is devaluating as we speak and gold has lost its shine. But still the question has not been answer. Why is it that art is the only commodity that keeps on increasing in value?  Buying art, for many of today’s newly wealthy, Also Gives access to a glamorous lifestyle. There is an endless round of art fairs, Biennials, auctions and events all over the world to Attend, where galleries and auction houses put on The most glittering parties. Even Fashion magazines, as well as banks,  are increasingly watching art as a new asset class. In some countries country such as China and India, buying art is first and foremost Considered for investment, rather than for passion or as a hobby.

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Mark Rothko “White Center” 1950

Art, sadly, seems to have become much more of a rich man’s game. And while the appetite for big names such as Picasso  unreacble  for the moment, things are not necessarily so dreamy for younger and lesser known artists. The flip side of all this hyperinflation is that, the middle and lower ends of the market are far less buoyant. Continue reading The UltIMATE COMMODITY… $35,000,000 FOR A PAINTING ???

Felix Bonilla Gerena The Tropical Expressionist

 Felix Bonilla Gerena

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“Gitana Morena” 48 x 36 Acrylic on Canvas 2014

If I need to make a very fast but precise summary of  the style and composition that represent Felix Bonilla, three word would come to mind. Abstract, Figurative and Expressionist painter. I stand by my word 100% because in today’s art world is very hard to come by an artist who can achieve such perfect combination. Bright and bold colors has always been present in the majority of his works.

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“Paisaje de la bajura al atardecer” 30 x 24 Oil on Linen.

Bonilla’s palette ranges from bright to dark colors and the unique combination of both, using vivid colors that well represent the tropic ambiance of Puerto Rico. The curious case with this artist is the strong presence of nudity in his work which is depicted in a abstract point of view, beautiful latinas which Puerto Rico is notorious of having all around the island, So we can say that Bonilla Gerena loves portraying the most common aspect found in the tropic of Puerto Rico: latinas, palm trees, nightlife and the sunny blue sky.

Expressionist artists are sought to express meaning and emotion rather than the physical reality in the works. So can we categorize Felix Bonilla as a true Expressionist painter? Absolutely!!!! His painting are full of passion and emotion for the tropic of Puerto Rico, specially Isabela which every Puerto Rican knows is a surfer paradise full of his trademark symbol Palm Trees!!!!

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“Flores de Primavera” Mix Media on Canvas 36″x 60″

Felix Bonilla has already the talent of any renown master, but one example that I just can let it pass by is the Resemblance of  dutch american artist Willem de Kooning where his work possessed heightened colors and elegant lines of the abstractions that creep into the more figurative works, and the coincidence of figures and abstractions very much like Bonillas Work, but of course inspired by a more modern composition of Tropical Paradise.  Continue reading Felix Bonilla Gerena The Tropical Expressionist

Here Are The 12 Cities That Will Shake Up The Art World In The 21st Century

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The prestigious publishing house Phaidon Press establishes a new order of artistic cities. Forget New York , London and Paris , always in the same order . Art Cities of the Future 21st Century Avant- Gardes, the recent publication of Phaidon reveals cities to watch ” in the field of contemporary art world . Among the twelve most important cities are : Beirut , Bogotá , Cluj , Delhi, Istanbul, Johannesburg , Lagos, Sao Paulo , San Juan , Seoul, Singapore and Vancouver.

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Tony Cruz Pabón, Drawing on Ball Park, 2003, Santo Domingo. San Juan, Puerto Rico

Art Cities of the Future : 21st Century Avant- Gardes, explores the artistic , cultural heritage and the contemporary feel of these 12 cities. Exactly 12 curators were given the task of selecting eight representative avant-garde artists in each city. Artists are in their established or emerging figures if working in different media ( traditional and nontraditional ) , but all share two qualities : a commitment to experimental art and a dedication to their local environment. Speaking to the more encompassing concerns, the editors selected the artists for them a unique sensitivity not found anywhere else appreciated .

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San Juan Karlo Andrei Ibarra’s Remnants

 

Among the local artists who exalt San Juan include: Michael Linares, Melvin Martinez, Karlo Andrei Ibarra, Chemi Rosado Seijo – Jesus Bubu Negron, Tony Pabon Cruz , Radames ‘ Juni ‘ Figueroa and Beatriz Santiago Muñoz .

The effervescence of contemporary art on the island is palpable and indisputable caliber of artists. The duo Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla , who represented the United States in the 54th . edition of the renowned Venice Biennale as well as other artists have put their grain of sand , opening the way for the quality of the local Plastic recognition .
This book expands the awaited historical narrative, allowing us to imagine a future of aesthetic diversity and shared concerns in the common language of contemporary art. Continue reading Here Are The 12 Cities That Will Shake Up The Art World In The 21st Century

Balada Azul Painting of the Month

Balada Azul

By Olga Albizu

Many time collector deviate from the main point of what art should be. We tend to believe that bigger is better and complicated composition is always the correct formula for a great work of art. There is a Female painter that proof all this wrong and her name was Olga Albizu one of Puerto Rico pioneer in abstract expressionist artist.

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This painting called “Balada Azul” is a great example of a Simple abstract painting by Albizu this was here trademark style which in no way demonstrates a very complicated composition, but commanded lot of attention by the viewer. There is a dynamic balance of what seems hardly there against strong, forceful shapes composed of different tones of blue paint. Olga Albizu work requires a patient eye. It does not deliver the immediate punch like a Arnaldo Roche Painting would do, but still there a brief mystical glaze of mystery in all of her work that can only be seen in her palette.

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If you ask me, my true opinion of this work  I would tell you that this painting is  ravishing. It has the ability to make the spectator eyes lose focus and one’s gaze melts into the canvases, only to be “awoken” by small, dangerous brush fires where one color meets another. This painting has luminosity and radiance that still no painter that I know can bring to life. The blue color bleeds from one field into another so that we cannot truly say which aspect of the painting has been superimposed on the other. Continue reading Balada Azul Painting of the Month